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    11-19-2017, 04:05 PM
    Since you're dealing with three very low intensity pistol cartridges that aren't going to tax the lube on any decent-fitting bullet, I wouldn't get to hyped up over one lube versus another. For your needs, there ain't much that won't serve. You...
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    11-19-2017, 03:33 PM
    Ammo cans. .30 cals fit the 1# ingots better, and you can actually move one when it's full. .50 cals are more ubiquitous and are fine so long as they are thought of as stationary storage containers - rather than mobile ones - when full. The...
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    11-18-2017, 06:20 PM
    Ben's Red with an increase in the beeswax percentage to stiffen it up a bit will serve you very well. It's not really all that hard to make - slow increase in temperature over low heat with a lot of stirring is all it takes. My big innovation in...
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    11-18-2017, 02:30 PM
    Bigslug replied to a thread M1A or Garand??? in Military Rifles
    Garand not picky to load for at all - just load for the Garand, and don't try to feed it any of the hotrods you cooked up for your 700. 8 round clip is a LOT faster to get reloaded than a detachable box. The only real negative to the system is...
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    11-16-2017, 08:42 PM
    Bigslug replied to a thread AR generational gap in Factory Rifles
    If you're looking for true military spec on the parts and manufacturing processes, you have exactly two choices - Colt and FN - as those are the only two companies with access to the Technical Data Package (TDP) to which the actual M16/M4 is made,...
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    11-08-2017, 12:36 AM
    Big fan of brass here - especially if you're doing something with hollow point or base pins. It holds heat and doesn't make you rush like some aluminum molds can.
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    11-05-2017, 04:04 PM
    Well we could really muddy the waters: What would you rather have; a NIB, pre-war Italian Carcano, or a 98K made after the plant tooling was "recalibrated" by a B-17?
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    11-04-2017, 10:55 PM
    I doubt the 8x33 would have been a serious player in that climate simply because it was a Nazi cartridge. Nationalism is at least as much a factor as physics. Look at all the bolt action battle rifle rounds from both world wars - there really...
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    11-04-2017, 10:32 PM
    Bigslug replied to a thread Bullet help 45/70 in Single Shot Guns
    While not strictly traditional, the RCBS 405 FN gas check is probably a good "control" bullet that seems to shoot well for just about everybody out of just about everything.
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    11-04-2017, 09:52 PM
    It's a tough question to answer when talking about unmodified rifles, as they all suffered from varying degrees of low to high stress from wartime production demands. Pre-war Mausers and Arisakas are jewels, but with some of the last ditch ones,...
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    10-31-2017, 09:43 AM
    A 4" .357 loaded with a heavy solid or soft point is probably going to be her best bet, as it's something she could practice a lot with at lower .38 levels, and "come game time", she wouldn't even hear it go off or feel the recoil from the hot...
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    10-31-2017, 01:20 AM
    I pretty much rejected speedloaders as bulky, awkward things that are uncomfortable to sit on, choosing instead to carry two speed strips, and operate on the attitude that (A.) I'm packing 15 hits, not insurance for misses, (B.) our forbears got to...
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    10-29-2017, 09:31 PM
    Take a look over in the Black Powder Cartridge sub-forum at my "DIY Insanity / Chassepot" thread. The French adopted a paper cartridge weapon in 1866 - right when you would think the American Civil War had show the world that the self-contained...
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    10-27-2017, 09:27 PM
    That's a beaut! I think I don't like you very much. :wink: FYI: Starline makes brass for the .32-20 that's considerably stouter stuff than the thin wall factory load offerings. I bought a thousand of those to fire-form in my Martini Cadet with...
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    10-27-2017, 09:18 PM
    Well. . .the British Commonwealth forces used the .455 Webley MKVI on enemies FROM Turkey. . .:mrgreen: This really sounds like a job for a low velocity, low- or no-expansion flat-nose solid. Any accurate 4-6" duty revolver loaded soft, a 1911...
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    10-25-2017, 11:44 PM
    I'd forget the SA option and go to the hammerless (internal hammer) 640 and learn to run DAO. They're surprisingly accurate once you do. Not having the hammer snag is a plus, as is being forced to practice with the trigger mode you'll be using...
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    10-24-2017, 10:18 PM
    Bigslug replied to a thread 416 rigby in Factory Rifles
    I took my CZ down to 42.7 grains of 5744 for 1885 fps with the gas checked NOE 418-350RF cast of No. 2, lubed with Ben's Red, sized .417", using Norma brass. Kinda weird using the same gradual progression process in reverse to work DOWN a load,...
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    10-24-2017, 05:02 PM
    You have to sort out whether we're talking about the mechanical capabilities of the cartridge/firearm system, or the shooter's ability. Recoil discomfort or anticipation of it is a major detrimental factor to a lot of folks, and the .40 is not a...
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
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